Sunday: Worship

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you … in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gracious Lord God, we want to hear your words of wisdom, and to learn from them. Help us to remember all of your teachings. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 37:30-34
Words of wisdom come when good people speak for justice. They remember God’s teachings, and they never take a wrong step. The wicked try to trap and kill good people, but the Lord is on their side, and he will defend them when they are on trial. (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: The psalm tells us that God will defend good people. What does this mean?  How does God use us to defend others?

Child: The Bible reminds us that the Lord  is on our side. Why is this an important thing to remember, even in times when we are wrong? How does God being with us help us to do better?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord God, you are always working for good and defending those who need your help. Use us for your good purposes, so that we may be a blessing in the lives of others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you leave your troubles in God’s hands. Amen.

Sunday: Worship

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you … in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gracious Lord God, thank you for this day of rest, when we can leave the cares of the week behind us. Open our minds to better understand your ways as we turn to your Word. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 59:1-3
Save me, God! Protect me from enemy attacks! Keep me safe from brutal people who want to kill me. Merciless enemies, Lord, are hiding and plotting, hoping to kill me. I have not hurt them in any way at all. (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: The psalm writer was feeling very scared, so he turned to God. Have you ever prayed to God when you were feeling desperate? When? How did that help you?

Child: In Psalm 59, the writer asked God to keep him safe from enemies. If you were to make a list, what are some other things you might ask God to protect you from?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord God, you keep us safe every day, even from things we may not know about. Thank you for watching over us. Please help those who are in harm’s way. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you turn to God when you are in need. Amen.

Sunday: Worship

Pray:  Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you … in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gracious Lord God, thank you for hearing our prayers. Show us the many ways you answer them, and strengthen our belief. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 13:3-4
Please listen, Lord God, and answer my prayers. Make my eyes sparkle again, or else I will fall into the sleep of death. My enemies will say, “Now we’ve won!” They will be greatly pleased when I am defeated. (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: The writer of this psalm is feeling down and upset. He asks God to “make my eyes sparkle again.” If you were writing a psalm, what would you ask God to do for you?

Child: In this psalm, the writer mentions his worry about his enemies. How does God help you with your worries?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord God, you promise to be there for us, no matter what we are going through. Thank you for working in our lives each day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you trust God with your deepest feelings. Amen.

Sunday: Worship

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you … in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gracious Lord God, we bow down before you. Thank you for giving us a Sabbath day, when we can rest and worship you. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 97:6-7
The heavens announce, “The Lord brings justice!” Everyone sees God’s glory. Those who brag about the useless idols they worship are terribly ashamed, and all the false gods bow down to the Lord. (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: The psalm tells us that the Lord brings justice. What does that mean? How can knowing that God makes things right give us hope?

Child: Have you ever had a “false god” in your life – i.e. something that you trusted more than God? What was it? How did you come to realize that?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord God, we look at all that is going on in the world, and sometimes we feel worried. Help us to trust you and your timing, above all else. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you place your hope in God above all else. Amen.

Sunday: Worship

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you … in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gracious Lord God, you do so much for us each day. Thank you for this special time, when we can join together as a family and come to know you better. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 107:31-32
You should praise the Lord for his love and for the wonderful things he does for all of us. Honor the Lord when you and your leaders meet to worship. (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: What are some of the wonderful things that God has done for you? Let’s each list five right now!

Child: What do you think it means to “honor” God when we meet to worship? How can we do that?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord God, we praise you for the many blessings you have given us. Thank you for our church family, and for the many teachers and leaders who care for us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you be thankful for your church today. Amen.